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April 4, 1990

The Return of Blood to the Heart: Venous Pumps in Health and Disease

Author Affiliations

Oak Park, Ill

Oak Park, Ill


by A. M. N. Gardner and R. H. Fox, 184 pp, with illus, $49, ISBN 0-86196-074-2, London, England, John Libbey, 1989.

JAMA. 1990;263(13):1850. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440130148047

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In contrast to the extensive research programs that have been and continue to be carried out in the area of arterial disorders of the limbs, the venous system in these sites has been exposed to only relatively minimal scrutiny and study. Hence, an investigation of mechanisms responsible for return of blood to the heart, as attempted in this monograph, is a welcome addition to our limited knowledge of the field. One of the senior authors is a surgeon, the other a radiologist. There are also a chapter and an appendix by other contributors.

The volume is made up of eight chapters and six appendixes. The first two chapters are devoted to the historical background of capillaries and veins and methods of investigating the venous circulation, including videophlebography and Doppler ultrasound. The next three chapters deal with the physiology of the microcirculation (primarily the capillaries), the veins of the foot and